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  • Ba Be Lake

    Located at the hilly and mountainous area, surrounded with rivers, Bac Kan is one of the special provinces in the Northeastern part of Vietnam. According to the most recent census, it is one of the least populated provinces in the northern midlands and mountain areas of Vietnam. The main ethnic groups in the province in decreasing number, are ethnic Kinh, Tay, Nung and Dao.

    Bac Kan is a mountainous terrain with rich natural resources of minerals and forests, especially primitive forests with diversity of flora and fauna. The slowly development of the province seems to be helpful to maintain and preserve the particular of the minority culture and the beauty of nature. It has numerous mountains, rivers and lakes which are very scenic. Ba Be National Park, Dau Dang Waterfall, Ba Be Lake, Puong Cave and lake lie within its borders.

    Ba Be National Park is a highlight of Bac Kan and it attracts a lot of tourists every year. The Park was established in 1992 with its total area of 100.48 km2. Center of the park is the Ba Be lake which relates to a famous legend of Vietnamese people. The name of Ba Be means “three lakes” which are Pe Leng, Pe Lu, and Pe Lam. This largest natural fresh water lake stretches about 8 kilometers in the north-south direction. Unlike many lakes in Karst limestone areas, Ba Be Lake never falls in drought with its maximum depth of 35 meters.

    The vegetation in Ba Be National Park mainly consists of limestone and evergreen forest. The park is also home of many kinds of wild animals like birds, fish, reptiles, amphibian species, the King Cobra… and worthy for its diversity in butterflies. All of these make Ba Be National park become the center of ecotourism in the north of Vietnam.

    Ba Be Lake
    Ba Be is a rural district of Bac Kan province in the northeast region of Vietnam. Ba Be has diversity flora and beautiful natural scene. The famous destination is Ba Be National Park which is a popular Vietnam’s natural complex mainly consisting of Ba Be Lake, the supposed largest natural fresh water lake in Vietnam. The 150m altitude makes it the Vietnam’s highest lake above sea level. The best time to visit Ba Be Lake is during the dry season (winter and spring). In the wet season, the lake takes up water from the Nang River and regularly flooded. If travel at the time of Long Tong Festival on the 10th and 11th days of the first lunar month, there are traditional games and performance of surrounding ethnic tribal groups.

    Trekking & Hiking
    Ba Be is considered by both native Vietnamese and visitors to be be the best trekking area in the country. The whole district is dominated by the Pia Booc mountain range rising to a height of 1527m. It is the combination of the scenery, from the karst outcrops clad in rich vegetation, to the paddy fields carpeting the lower slopes of the Na Nghe mountains; the rich variety of flora and fauna; and the relationship between the ethnic minority and nature, which together make this a unique and rewarding trekking location. Local guides know the best routes to take you to the hidden gems and best viewpoints, to keep your trek enjoyable but safe.

    Climbing and Mountaineering
    Ba Be Tourism Centre can help you with everything you need to climb in Ba Be National Park. Whether you are touching limestone for the first time, looking for guided instruction, or ticking an international climbing destination off your list, we can get you off the ground! Check out the tabs to the left for details on all we provide. Our climbing guides are experts on the area and excited to show you the best Ba Be has to offer. Our staff is more than happy to provide you with gear rentals, guided trips, private instruction, and a wealth of helpful advice. We’re here to help you can get the most out of your experience in Vietnam.

    Kayaking in Ba Be Lake
    Kayaking Kayaking is the best way to explore the breathtaking beauty of Ba Be Lake. Paddle through the islets; discover hidden caves; visit fishing villages. You can get closer to the limestone karsts, and find some really secret corners of Ba Be lake and the Nang river. Kayaks can go where big boats can’t reach, and with their lack of engine noise are so much less intrusive, a real eco way of travel. When travelling wearing a life jacket is a must. You need to wear suitable clothes; T shirt and shorts, swimming suits in summer, warmer clothes in winter, wet shoes, hat, sun cream and sun glasses, dry bag for storing camera, insect repellent, water. Kayaking is only provided by the Ba Be Tourism Centre – Mr Linh’s Homestay in Bo Lu village.

    Cycling Ba Be is great for exploring by bicycle. Sport bikes can be rented for around $10 per day. The main roads around the national park are mostly in good condition and don’t see much traffic. One day around the park should enable you to visit the Hua Ma cave, Thac Bac waterfall and some villages. Car hire and motorbike taxis can also be arranged in Ba Be. Motorbike taxis (xe om) can be a good way to explore the park as the drivers usually know the best spots. Be sure to clearly agree your plans and price in advance.

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    Mr Linh’s Homestay

    Mr Linh’s Homestay

    Offering a sun terrace and views of the lake, Mr Linh's Homestay is located in Ba Be Lake. Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant. Free WiFi is available and free private parking is available on site. Some rooms feature a seating area to relax...